In the 27 years that the Mister and I have been married, we’ve had several dogs. Most of which were “supposedly” water dogs. Labradors! They were retrievers, as in retrieving water fowl on duck hunts. Each one of them was deathly afraid of getting wet. Trying to bathe them was an exercise in futility. We got wetter than they did.
That was until spunky little Asta joined our family. We’ve been told that despite her small stature – she’s only about 35 pounds – she is definitely part Lab. Based on her hyperactive disposition and booming bark, we think she may also be part beagle.
Now, that she is fully mended from her broken leg, she has been joining me on some of my local photo hikes. It was on one of those hikes at a park situated on the bayou, that I discovered she loves water and wades in with joyful abandon. I can’t explain why this makes me so happy. (Hershey, our older Lab, still won’t go into the water. I’m hoping Asta will be a good influence on her.)
Asta, and what she found for me on our walk on Saturday, inspired this week’s photo collection.
You can click on any image to see a larger photo, or the series as a slideshow.
(Photos shot with a Nikon D60, using an 18-55mm, 55-200mm, 20mm f/2.8 wide-angle, 50mm f/1.8 prime lens, Nikon CoolPix S205 and/or iPhone4)
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*Photo venues: Fred Gannon/Rocky Bayou State Park, Niceville; and T.L. Brooks city park, Valparaiso